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On the foot of the imposing Falakro mountain and in a lush green area full of running waters lies the city of Drama. It is a beautiful and welcoming city with scenic neighborhoods, broad squares, green areas and well preserved neoclassic mansions. Few archeological findings prove that in the area of the modern city used to be Dirama or Idrama settlement, where people worshiped Dionysus, Apollo, Artemis, Isida and Hercules.

A tomb complex dating back to the Iron Era was found in the area of Drama's Industrial Zone. A Macedonian tomb of Hellenistic times which was found in the city, close to Dikastiria square, proves that the city has been inhabited since the historic times.

During the middle Byzantine era (9th-13th century) Drama was fortified with a castle and was commercial and a military junction. By the end of 19th century, the tobacco production and trade, the operation of the railway (1895) and the improvement of the road network towards Kavala port led to the increase of the city population and the boost of its commercial activity. In the beginning of the 20th century, Drama was under Bulgarian occupation and participated in the Macedonian War of Independence. It was liberated on 1st of July, 1913 by the Greek army. Drama is located 688km NE of Athens and 175km NE of Thessaloniki.

The rich forests of the prefecture, which is made up of mountain slopes, rivers and caves, churches, monasteries, castles and bridges come together to make up a unique area in terms of prosperity while at the same time offering a variety of things for a tourist to do. Such a wealth of natural and manmade beauty and history throughout the whole Prefecture calls upon us to explore it and get to know it better.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014